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Alberto Fernández and Vladimir Putin in Moscow. (AP)

Don’t lose the subplot. Amid fears that Russia will invade Ukraine, what role does Latin America have to play? Whether it’s Moscow suggesting it could send troops to Cuba or South Americans visiting with Vladimir Putin, we look at Russia’s latest moves in the region.

Repeat performance. For the third election in a row, a low-polling candidate had a late surge to snag a spot in Costa Rica’s presidential runoff. On February 6, former Finance Minister Rodrigo Chaves did just that and will compete against José María Figueres, who represents an established political name and party, in the April 3 second round. Read about the outcome, turnout, and more.

See more in our 2022 Election Guide.

THEY SAID WHAT?

Read this Q&A with Segal exploring what the highest U.S. annual inflation level in four decades means for the region’s economies.

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Bolivia’s gold mining industry is poisoning South America. While legal mercury imports to other countries have fallen to near zero, Bolivia’s have soared to over 200 tons a year, making it the world’s second-largest importer of mercury after India. And the metal is leaking across borders. (World Politics Review)
COVID-19 IN LATIN AMERICA

Omicron is moving into Brazil’s countryside, as Covid deaths in the country rise for the first time in 10 months. (The Brazilian Report)
FAST STATS
ICYMI in Americas Quarterly
Costa Rica’s election was a bad day for incumbents, but there’s some hope ahead. Meet the country’s presidential runoff candidates. Video: how to confront Latin America’s education crisis and rebuild human capital.
ALGO NICE
Skating into the weekend like Donovan Carrillo performing Mexico’s first-ever Olympic free skate.
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